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1 hour ago, Calvin said:

Is Gun Hill's artic fleet considered as a downgrade? Back then, they had the 1/2 the 2012 XD-60s batch brand new to be turned currrently to all Nova LFSAs that were formerly SBS units. 

 

The local fleet. The SBS fleet is a upgrade. 

 

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1 hour ago, Calvin said:

Is Gun Hill's artic fleet considered as a downgrade? Back then, they had the 1/2 the 2012 XD-60s batch brand new to be turned currrently to all Nova LFSAs that were formerly SBS units. 

I don't know how that's an upgrade or a downgrade considering that they also have LFSAs from the same years as the XD60s.

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2 hours ago, josephnyy42 said:

The Rosie Perez announcements are very annoying.

Well maybe they have to be because certain riders do not obey the rules....

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Always wondered this but never cared enough to ask until now.. On the buses where the stop request sign is behind the driver, is there a notification specifically for the driver? I'd imagine it may be easy to tune out sometimes and not hear that stop request sound.

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7 minutes ago, brakethrow said:

Always wondered this but never cared enough to ask until now.. On the buses where the stop request sign is behind the driver, is there a notification specifically for the driver? I'd imagine it may be easy to tune out sometimes and not hear that stop request sound.

There’s a little indicator near the wheel and the internal turn signals that lights up when someone hits the stop request sign. I’ve spotted it a few times when I’d stand near the front door.

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1 hour ago, brakethrow said:

Always wondered this but never cared enough to ask until now.. On the buses where the stop request sign is behind the driver, is there a notification specifically for the driver? I'd imagine it may be easy to tune out sometimes and not hear that stop request sound.

Haha, it'd be so dangerous to have to look up for a split second to determine whether you pull into or bypass the stop.

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5 hours ago, josephnyy42 said:

The Rosie Perez announcements are very annoying.

It's Rosie Perez? I thought it was a toned-down Awkwafina or Rosario Dawson.

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On 8/4/2020 at 8:37 AM, Gotham Bus Co. said:

 

Does this mean that SBS itself may be phased out?

With OMNY and all-door boarding, there may be no need for Select Bus Service down the line since the OMNY device can be used at every door. The SBS wrap should be replaced with the regular livery. The blue sign can remain or Select can revert to Limited.

What would be interesting is if the LFSAs with luggage racks may get a special livery similar to what 6274-6286 have.

Also, where does the Bx99 go to turn around? Do buses have to go all the way up to McLean Avenue in Yonkers to relay?

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11 minutes ago, aemoreira81 said:

With OMNY and all-door boarding, there may be no need for Select Bus Service down the line since the OMNY device can be used at every door. The SBS wrap should be replaced with the regular livery. The blue sign can remain or Select can revert to Limited.

What would be interesting is if the LFSAs with luggage racks may get a special livery similar to what 6274-6286 have.

If that were the case, I’d say keep 5444-5467 in the light blue scheme (and remove the words “+selectbusservice) for M60 service while every other bus gets the local livery.

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On 8/4/2020 at 9:12 PM, Yankees4life said:

Those YouTubers are gonna stockpile on Red Bull now trying to catch them 😂🤣

Unless one is a night owl.

I'm still planning to catch the B99, but I've been extremely lazy to do so. I don't think I'm touching the other two routes anytime soon, lol. Also, it's still pretty hot and humid at night, and walking crosstown to/from 2nd Avenue to Columbus Circle doesn't sound too appealing. Doesn't help that I'm a relatively fast walker (when compared on average). 

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1 hour ago, BM5 via Woodhaven said:

Unless one is a night owl.

I'm still planning to catch the B99, but I've been extremely lazy to do so. I don't think I'm touching the other two routes anytime soon, lol. Also, it's still pretty hot and humid at night, and walking crosstown to/from 2nd Avenue to Columbus Circle doesn't sound too appealing. Doesn't help that I'm a relatively fast walker (when compared on average). 

Stock up on bottled water (I have 8 of the 40 ct. cases)..... I say that, because I'm finding that less 7-11's now are 24/7 anymore,,,,

Don't know how much of the route (B99) you plan on fanning, but that, combined with an air-conditioned bus, alleviates a hell of a lot.

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5 hours ago, BM5 via Woodhaven said:

Unless one is a night owl.

I'm still planning to catch the B99, but I've been extremely lazy to do so. I don't think I'm touching the other two routes anytime soon, lol. Also, it's still pretty hot and humid at night, and walking crosstown to/from 2nd Avenue to Columbus Circle doesn't sound too appealing. Doesn't help that I'm a relatively fast walker (when compared on average). 

Instead of walking from 2nd Avenue to Columbus Circle, just pick up the Bx99 on 2nd Avenue and ride across 57th Street.

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8 hours ago, Snorunts said:

If that were the case, I’d say keep 5444-5467 in the light blue scheme (and remove the words “+selectbusservice) for M60 service while every other bus gets the local livery.

 

Maybe extend the "LaGuardia Link" brand to the M60 (to emphasize that local riders "should" use the M100/M101/Bx15 instead). 

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4 minutes ago, Gotham Bus Co. said:

 

Maybe extend the "LaGuardia Link" brand to the M60 (to emphasize that local riders "should" use the M100/M101/Bx15 instead). 

Honestly and truthfully the LaGuardia Link branding should only be limited to the Q70 only. That set of 5444-5467 are interchangeable and used sometimes on other SBS lines like the M23, M34. 

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2 minutes ago, Future ENY OP said:

Honestly and truthfully the LaGuardia Link branding should only be limited to the Q70 only. That set of 5444-5467 are interchangeable and used sometimes on other SBS lines like the M23, M34. 

 

With those luggage racks, they're not supposed to be interchangeable.

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28 minutes ago, Gotham Bus Co. said:

 

With those luggage racks, they're not supposed to be interchangeable.

Understood. However, I’ve observed 5451, 5458 and few others working the M23 and M34 SBS lines during the last few weeks. So to say it could be a yard dispatcher call or management call on this.  

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9 hours ago, aemoreira81 said:

With OMNY and all-door boarding, there may be no need for Select Bus Service down the line since the OMNY device can be used at every door. The SBS wrap should be replaced with the regular livery. The blue sign can remain or Select can revert to Limited.

What would be interesting is if the LFSAs with luggage racks may get a special livery similar to what 6274-6286 have.

There's no IF. It will be phased out and rebranded. It came up during a meeting I had last year about SBS countdown clocks. I was referring to them because I was pushing for those at some major express bus stops. The DOT and the (MTA) refers to SBS as a "brand", and for now, the SBS brand exists. Once OMNY comes into play, it'll have to be something else, even if they keep it the same for the public.  It's really BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), and so the whole branding thing is to ensure that they keep getting the federal funding. 

If they wanted to get people to use glorified Limited Stop Service, they had to rebrand it to make it appealing. They mention their newest fleet and faster commutes for a reason, but they also get other goodies. Those countdown clocks being one of them.

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45 minutes ago, Via Garibaldi 8 said:

There's no IF. It will be phased out and rebranded. It came up during a meeting I had last year about SBS countdown clocks. I was referring to them because I was pushing for those at some major express bus stops. The DOT and the (MTA) refers to SBS as a "brand", and for now, the SBS brand exists. Once OMNY comes into play, it'll have to be something else, even if they keep it the same for the public.  It's really BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), and so the whole branding thing is to ensure that they keep getting the federal funding. 

If they wanted to get people to use glorified Limited Stop Service, they had to rebrand it to make it appealing. They mention their newest fleet and faster commutes for a reason, but they also get other goodies. Those countdown clocks being one of them.

 

Perhaps they should rebrand it as "rapid" to denote limited stop service. 

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12 minutes ago, Jdog14 said:

 

Perhaps they should rebrand it as "rapid" to denote limited stop service. 

lol I don't know what they will call it, but they are very protective of it and for good reason. They get new buses out of it for one. Just makes running those lines cheaper overall, in addition to faster run times. I'm on the Community Advisory Board for the Hylan Blvd corridor now, and I'm wondering if the S79SBS will come up during the presentations.  I'm on it because it's a major express bus corridor, but I imagine that they will discuss the S79 at some point.

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10 hours ago, BM5 via Woodhaven said:

Unless one is a night owl.

I'm still planning to catch the B99, but I've been extremely lazy to do so. I don't think I'm touching the other two routes anytime soon, lol. Also, it's still pretty hot and humid at night, and walking crosstown to/from 2nd Avenue to Columbus Circle doesn't sound too appealing. Doesn't help that I'm a relatively fast walker (when compared on average). 

 

9 hours ago, B35 via Church said:

Stock up on bottled water (I have 8 of the 40 ct. cases)..... I say that, because I'm finding that less 7-11's now are 24/7 anymore,,,,

Don't know how much of the route (B99) you plan on fanning, but that, combined with an air-conditioned bus, alleviates a hell of a lot.

I don't do well in hot, humid weather at all and get hot easily so I carry two bottles of these in my backpack...

 

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I don't buy new bottles every day, I just refill them daily before I go out for the day. 7/11 sells store brand water in the same type of bottle and sometimes you can get an 2 for 3 bucks deal.

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10 minutes ago, trainfan22 said:

I don't do well in hot, humid weather at all and get hot easily so I carry two bottles of these in my backpack...

 

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I don't buy new bottles every day, I just refill them daily before I go out for the day. 7/11 sells store brand water in the same type of bottle and sometimes you can get an 2 for 3 bucks deal.

Same (here).... One of many reasons that summer is my least favorite season.... Panting & heat induced light-headedness is no fun :(... Gotta carry at least one 1L poland spring water bottle whenever I'm venturing out somewhere for some length of time....

Give me winter, year round.... Or at least, chilly fall temperatures.

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5 hours ago, Future ENY OP said:

Honestly and truthfully the LaGuardia Link branding should only be limited to the Q70 only. That set of 5444-5467 are interchangeable and used sometimes on other SBS lines like the M23, M34. 

But that’s just as the same as SBS buses running on local routes or 6274-6286 running on the Q53-SBS. Plus, if 5444-5467 receive some sort of LaGuardia labeling, they would probably be used on other routes way less frequently.

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I saw Eagle Team yesterday at Main Street for the first time since covid started. I didn't actually see them check tickets (there was no SBS pulling up as I passed by), but they were at least standing around the stop

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28 minutes ago, QM1to6Ave said:

I saw Eagle Team yesterday at Main Street for the first time since covid started. I didn't actually see them check tickets (there was no SBS pulling up as I passed by), but they were at least standing around the stop

If they were there, it was to check tickets. They do it one of two ways. Either they check as people get off, or they get on and check all tickets.

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